Children under the age of 5 in Uganda will benefit from a national home-to-home polio immunization campaign

Theopista is the mother of two boys and a girl, all covered by the oral polio vaccine (OPD). For her, the start of a national home-to-home polio immunization campaign would not have arrived any further.

“When we were growing up, there were few vaccines to prevent illness and many children died of illness, so vaccination did not give them the opportunity to lead a healthy life. I did, “she says. I was enthusiastic.

On January 13, 2022, the Ugandan Ministry of Health launched a vaccination campaign under the theme of “Keeping Ugandan Polio Free”. The launch took place at the Wakiso Health Center IV and was presided over by the prestigious Hanifakauya, Minister of Health in charge of general duties. The home-to-home polio immunization campaign targets all children under the age of 5 in all districts and is vaccinated with the oral polio vaccine (OPV).

The first round of the vaccination campaign will run for three days from January 14th to 16th, 2022. This is done by health care workers, village health teams, and local council I, who administers two drops of OPV to the mouth of each child. Less than 5 years.

At the start of the campaign, Hon Hanifah pointed out that vaccination remains the most effective public health measure in combating the disease. “The Ugandan government has adopted vaccination as one of the most effective public health measures and continues to this day. We have been dealing with COVID-19, but from environmental samples vaccine-derived polio 2 Having obtained the mold (cVDPV2), we worked to prevent it through a national vaccination campaign, “she said.

She also assisted the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Disease Control Center, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International, and the Ministry of Health to ensure the implementation of vaccination campaigns. I praised my partner.

Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, WHO’s representative of Uganda, said about vaccination against diseases that can be prevented with COVID-19, polio and all other vaccines: “Disease affects productivity and cripples the economy, but vaccines. You can work with effective public health measures such as vaccination. “

Regarding disease surveillance, he said, “As part of the Polio Global End Game Strategy, the Ministry of Health has worked closely with stakeholders, including WHO, to enhance surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) and thwart infection.” Said.

Dr. Jonas also said that it is important that everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated, especially through the government’s regular immune program, be vaccinated in order to effectively deal with vaccine-preventable diseases. I emphasized that.

UNICEF representative of Uganda praised the Ugandan government for its activeness and calling on community members to take advantage of the government’s immune program, including COVID-19 vaccination.

Indeed, Ms. Theopista agrees to rally market neighbors and fellow mothers to receive these services, in addition to ensuring that all children benefit from the government’s vaccination program. And I will mention more.

“We usually have group meetings at night and on weekends. When we get older, our kids take care of us, so I tell my fellow mothers that their kids I’m begging you to allow me to get vaccinated, “she claims.

World Health Organization – Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of Uganda.

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Children under the age of 5 in Uganda will benefit from a national home-to-home polio immunization campaign

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